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Apr 07, 2014 09:45 as a reply to  @ post 16814990 |  #16

I think this is a really tough image from a compositional standpoint. I don't like where the road runs pretty much right through the centre of the frame: at the left hand-side of the image. I generally don't like to see linear features running through the centre of a composition. But, I think the road on the right-hand side of the image looks good. It is a tough one.

I think the image is cropped too tightly. I'd like to see more of the sky above the mountain. I'd also like to see all of the two rocks that are cut off on the sides of the frame. Not knowing what falls outside the frame, that may have left you with more cropped rocks. If you haven't cropped this image, I think you needed to step back a few feet.

I definitely prefer the colour version of the image. If you're using Photoshop, I'd like to see the "Clarity" slider bumped up a bit. I'd try 25 to start. A little fiddling with contrast and the histogram might improve things a bit.

You have image editing turned on, so I took a stab at it (I'm not very experienced with Photoshop, so please keep that in mind). I cloned out a couple of blobs in the sky, too.

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That's a little closer to what I'd personally like to see, but it isn't 100%. I'm getting a bit lost in the midtones.

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Apr 07, 2014 15:18 |  #17

Lots of great advice that is very helpful to me and hopefully helpful to others reading.
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Apr 08, 2014 00:06 as a reply to  @ post 16814990 |  #18

Not trying to be rough here, but what you have overall is a subject that overall just isn't that compelling. Try walking around when you do something like this and shooting from a variety of angles. Note how it all fits in the frame from foreground to background.
I disagree about the rocks "competing". In fact, the rocks could be brought in even tighter to improve the composition. Here's a couple crops to illustrate the point. Keep in mind the OP has image editing enabled and I just spent a few seconds on each one. I'm not trying to make any drastic improvements or say that this should be cropped in a certain way. I'm just making the point that the rocks can be made even more prominent and rather than take away from the composition, it adds to it. ( I also thing they are a little too saturated but I didn't bother making any adjustments there)

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As for when I do B&W conversions - I think they are nice when you have a lot of repeating contrast in an image. When you have a lot of green, it just looks kind of muddy.

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